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Canadian Taxpayers Association backing CBRM Property Taxpayers’ Association

Kevin Lacey, the Atlantic director of the Canadian Taxpayers Association, speaks to a large crowd gathered at St. Margaret’s Community Hall about property tax assessments in Grand Mira South on Sunday. Joe Gillis, left, and Francis Gillis of the Cape...

Kevin Lacey, the Atlantic director of the Canadian Taxpayers Association, speaks to a large crowd gathered at St. Margaret’s Community Hall about property tax assessments in Grand Mira South on Sunday. Joe Gillis, left, and Francis Gillis of the Cape...


GRAND MIRA SOUTH — The Canadian Taxpayers Association is backing a newly formed group in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality that’s lobbying municipal council to voice its support for the capped assessment program.



A meeting in the small, rural community attracted more than 100 people Sunday afternoon to get an update on the work of the CBRM Property Taxpayers’ Association.

The province created the capped assessment program in 2005 to protect Nova Scotia property owners from dramatic increases in the market value of properties by capping the annual taxable-assessment increase.

The annual cap, which was 10 per cent in 2005, was tied to the provincial Consumer Price Index in 2008. Last year it was set at zero per cent, giving municipalities no additional revenue unless they decided to raise tax rates.

Properties eligible for the cap receive both a market value and a capped value on their assessment notice statements.


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